Archive for October, 2013

Q from U: Is thawing and refreezing embryos harmful to the embryo?

October 27, 2013Carole 51 Comments »

This question came from a reader the other day: Hi!  I think this would make a great discussion topic. It certainly interests me. My husband and I have 7 frozen early blasts (3 @ 2AA, 1 @ 2AB, 3 @ 2BB). In a perfect world we’d like to do a complete chromosomal screening on them […]

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ASRM 2013 Update: Safety: Effect of the ART lab environment

October 22, 2013Carole No Comments »

If you have been following my series of updates on the 2013 ASRM meeting, you will have read the earlier three posts: ASRM 2013 Update: Patient communication poster from reader’s feedback.  This is all about the poster that you, the readers, helped me create. As a bonus, you get to see a silly picture of […]

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ASRM 2013 Update: ART Safety: Singleton pregnancy

October 21, 2013Carole 3 Comments »

This is the second part of a two part series on ART Safety. Read the first part here. Okay, if we take twinning off the table as a cause for  the increased risk of perinatal complications seen in  ART babies, are there any risks to having a singleton ART baby compared to having a singleton […]

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ASRM 2013 Update: ART Safety: The twin effect

October 20, 2013Carole 11 Comments »

It’s that time of year again, when the American Society for Reproductive Medicine  (ASRM) holds it’s annual professional meeting. This year it was in Boston (Oct 12-17) and was held jointly with the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) in Boston. The international participation  brings insights into the regional differences in how IVF is practiced […]

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ASRM 2013 Update: Patient Communication Poster from Reader’s Feedback

October 18, 2013Carole 3 Comments »

Some of you may have participated in my call-out post for patient feedback on your communication experience with your doctors, nurses and lab staff. I incorporated many of your comments and data from my blog usage statistics (Google Analytics) in my analysis of which topics seem to be of most interest to patients in order […]

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Q from U: Causes of thin uterine lining and treatments to improve receptivity

October 3, 2013Carole 32 Comments »

Why is a thin uterine lining a problem? The inside of the uterus has several layers of  cells which make up the lining (or endometrium) that grows and is shed every month during menses. After about two weeks of increasing hormone (primarily estrogen) stimulation in the early part of the menstrual cycle , the cells increase in […]

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